Maura Higgins made sure all eyes were on her when she put on a very daring show in a black cropped dress at the 2023 National Television Awards on Tuesday night.
The Love Island alum showed off her stunning figure in the bold number with a huge cutout that showed off her lower breasts and tight midriff.
The short-sleeved garment had some draped pearls down the front and fell to the floor, giving her a very sassy look months after she pulled out of the British Fashion Awards due to her daring dress.
She carried her belongings in a matching clutch and styled her long dark brown locks in a neat updo.
The TV personality caused a storm in the eye-catching dress that she paired with a pair of chunky earrings.
Wow: Maura Higgins made sure all eyes were on her when she put on a very daring show in a black cropped dress at the 2023 National Television Awards on Tuesday night
Bold: Her bold look comes months after Maura pulled out of the British Fashion Awards at the last minute after deciding her sassy outfit was ‘not very suitable’ for the A-list occasion
Turning heads: The Love Island alum showed off her stunning figure in the bold number with a huge cutout that showed off her lower breasts and tight midriff
Her very bold look comes months after Maura pulled out of the British Fashion Awards at the last minute in December, after deciding her racy outfit was “not very suitable” for the A-list occasion.
At the time, she shared how she “decided not to go” just minutes before she was due to appear on the red carpet after feeling uncomfortable in her tailored dress.
The Irish TV star shared an Instagram clip from her hotel room wearing a full face of makeup and the dress in question, which she says she had “zero control” over.
Maura said, “So guys, everybody’s sending me a message like, ‘Where are you and where are the red carpet pictures?’ I’ve had a bit of a nightmare.
“So you can clearly see that I’m totally ready. The Glam team is on point as usual. In short… the dress, the shoes, everything was not something I would wear.
“I don’t really know what to say, it’s like it’s just not very appropriate for the Fashion Awards.”
‘Obviously I like to be daring, you know that, but I just think: I don’t know. It’s just not right. So yes, I decided not to go. As you can see, I’m still in the hotel.’
Meanwhile, Lorraine Kelly and Vogue Williams admitted they were skeptical of Maura’s latest NTA ensemble when they discussed the big night on Lorraine on Wednesday morning.
Dressed to impress: The short-sleeved garment featured a number of draped pearls down the front and spilled to the floor
Stunning: She carried her belongings in a matching clutch and styled her long dark brown locks in a neat updo
Very racy: At the British Fashion Awards, Maura said she had ‘decided not to go’ just minutes before she was due to appear on the red carpet after feeling uncomfortable in her tailored dress
Vogue, who presented herself on the red carpet, confessed, “I don’t love this dress.”
While Lorraine added of the very daring cut-out dress, “I’d be worried about slipping.”
This year’s National Television Awards took place at London’s O2 Arena to mark the 28th annual awards.
It was a night of what ifs for Alison Hammond and flagship show This Morning, but for Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly, it was business as usual at the National Television Awards.
Under the lights of London’s O2 Arena, Ant and Dec claimed their 22nd NTA at the annual ceremony following a successful return to the Australian jungle with ITV1 giant I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!.
The pair claimed the award ahead of the coveted Alison, selected notably ahead of her This Morning co-host Holly Willoughby in the Best Presenter category.
It comes at a time when the ITV morning programme, which has enjoyed a winning streak in the daytime category in recent years, continues to face setbacks amid the furor of the Phillip Schofield affair.
Meanwhile, This Morning lost the title of best daytime show when The Repair Shop claimed the award.
Repair Shop presenter Jay Blades encouraged the crowd to cheer as the show’s team took the stage at The O2 and snapped a photo of the moment, noting it was a “rarity” for them to receive the award won.
Blades thanked the voters and the team behind the show, adding, “I want to salute my experts, they are my family.”
He also praised his fellow nominees at This Morning, The Chase and Loose Women, saying “We’re the new kids in the ad. I’m glad we won this time.
“I know it won’t be normal, so thank you.”
Winners: Ant and Dec – who competed for Best Presenter – said they were as “humbled and grateful” to receive the honor as ever before
NTA winners: at a glance
Ant & Dec
Sarah Lancashire, Catherine Cawood, Happy Valley
The Bruce Forsyth Entertainment Award
Strictly come dance
Ant and Dec – who also competed with Martin Lewis, Claudia Winkleman and Bradley Walsh for Best Presenter – admitted they were “more nervous than ever” before heading to the event Tuesday night, but were just as “humbled and grateful” to receive the honor as they had once been.
Ant said, “Thank you so much to the NTAs, we’ve got quite a long list of thanks, all the shows and the people we work with, we’re the happiest two men on television because we have the best production teams and the best people to to cooperate with you, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts.’
His presenting partner Declan Donnelly added: ‘Thank you to ITV, Kevin and Katie and the whole team at ITV for your continued support. Thank you to our fantastic management team for your support, thank you gang, you are in the box somewhere.
“Thank you to our lovely wives, our beautiful children. I can’t believe we’re still getting away with this…”
It comes after Holly returned to This Morning alongside Alison on Monday after an eight-week summer break, to mediocre reviews.
Earlier this year, the show was thrown into turmoil when its long-running co-host and ‘BFF’ Schofield resigned after admitting to having an ‘ill-advised but not illegal’ affair with a younger male colleague.
The pair faced booing from the crown at last year’s NTAs following the scandal in which they appeared to skip the line to see the Queen laid out in state.
While Holly wasn’t nominated for an award this year, that didn’t stop her from rallying behind Alison.
Holly and Phillip have been known to come to the morning show still clad in their NTA dress right after a night of drinking – which is certain there won’t be a repeat this year.
Naughty! Before their partnership came to an end earlier this year, Holly and Phillip left viewers hysterical in 2016 when they showed up to host This Morning after an overnight NTA.
Race against the clock! Host Joel Dommett had to miss the drunken after party because his ‘heavily pregnant’ wife Hannah Cooper was due to give birth to their first child any minute now
Host Joel, who rolled into the NTAs on a scooter for his debut as host in 2021recently revealed the drunken, backstage secrets leading up to the big day.
He confessed: ‘Everyone really goes for it. Everyone on TV is there and I’m the only one working, isn’t that crazy? It’s such a weird thing.
“I’m like being on stage and seeing everyone having a really good time and having a drink, so from my perspective it’s really strange.
“I’m the down-to-earth one that just rambles through and people definitely go for it because we don’t see each other.”
“It’s the one time of year when you can really talk to anyone. It’s like an office party that happens to be broadcast live on ITV to millions of people.’
But Joel himself had to miss the drunken after party because his ‘heavily pregnant’ wife Hannah Cooper was about to give birth to their first child.